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Our Mission

Empowering Kenyans to Sustainably Manage The Environment Through Promotion and Support Of Green Growth.

Our Vision

A Society Empowered and Motivated to Sustainably Manage The Environment.

What We do

Incubation Phases

All incubation applications go through the awarding process. The incubation programme is delivered in phases.

National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) is a state corporation under the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities. NETFUND was established within the provisions of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) to facilitate research intended to further the requirements of environmental management, capacity building, environmental awards, environmental publications, scholarships and grants.
NETFUND is governed by a Board of Trustees (BoT) which is the highest decision making organ of the Fund. The BoT members are appointed by the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Environment. They are selected on the basis of qualifications as stipulated under EMCA.
The BoT is responsible for policy formulation, oversight of the Fund’s assets and undertaking any other activities within the mandate of the organisation. The day-to-day running of the organisation is vested in the Chief Executive officer who is supported by a devoted and skilled team. 

Strategic Direction

To support the development of 100 Green companies by 2025.


A society empowered and motivated to sustainably manage the environment.


Empowering Kenyans to sustainably manage the environment through promotion and support of green growth 

Core Values:

  • Passion: Belief in the difference our work makes that compels us to provide exceptional services.
  • Respect: Our esteem for our stakeholders makes us receptive and responsive to their needs and divergent opinions.
  • Stewardship: We manage all resources entrusted to us in a manner that creates the best value.

NETFUND Board of Trustees


Dr. Ptoton Mnangat Brian, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
As the Chair, Dr. Mnangat leads the Board in policy formulation, setting the strategic direction and oversight of the Fund’s assets.
Highly accomplished, Dr. Mnangat has held various positions in academia. Currently, Dr. Mnangat is a member of the faculty in the Department of Physical sciences at Muranga University College (a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology).
Dr. Mnangat holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford (UK).


Ms. Naumy Jeptanui, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. 
Ms. Jeptanui is also a member of the Communication, Resource Mobilization and Technical Committee of the Board. 
Ms. Jeptanui is a result driven individual with more than 28 years of progressive experience in Kenya’s education sector. Currently, Ms. Jeptanui is a part time lecturer in the Department of Education Management, Policy & Curriculum Studies at Kenyatta University. Ms. Jeptanui holds a M. Ed in Planning & Economics of Education from Kenyatta University and currently pursuing a PhD in Planning & Economics of Education in the same University


Mr. Ntwiga Wilberforce Muriungi, Trustee.
Mr. Ntwiga is also the Chairperson of the Finance, Human Resource and Administration Committee.
In the course of his career, Mr. Ntwiga has built synergy between County Governments, Ministries and relevant stakeholders in promoting agricultural value chains. He has progressive experience in project planning, implementation and monitoring & evaluation having worked with various corporations. 
Mr. Ntwiga holds a Master of Science in Agricultural and Rural Development from Kenya Methodist University.


Prof. Losenge Turoop, Trustee.
Prof. Losenge is also the Chair of the Communication, Resource Mobilization and Technical Committee of the Board. 
Prof. Losenge is a renowned Phytopathologist in Kenya. Widely published, Prof. Losenge is currently the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Agriculture at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is also the Chair to a successful resource mobilization committee at the university. 
Prof. Losenge holds a PhD in Phytopathology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.


NETFUND Senior Management

“I am excited to watch these green initiatives bridge the gap from product to great companies that are built to last”, Ms. Catherine Ndegwa, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. 
Catherine is the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND. Under her leadership, the Fund has grown from one employee to a work force of over 30 staff occupying one and a half floors at Geomaps Centre in Upper Hill, Nairobi. 
At NETFUND, Catherine is responsible for strategy development and deployment, development and execution of policies and other governance procedures, creating a conducive culture, building the team, maintaining NETFUND strategic relationships as well as ensuring the overall success of NETFUND and its programs.

Under her leadership, the Fund has morphed into an independent environment organization with considerable funding from Swedish Development Agency, USAID, UNDP, IGAD, WWF among others. Since starting NETFUND, Catherine has seen the execution of several programs amongst them the flagship program, the NETFUND Green Innovations Award.

Previously, Catherine worked with the SOS Children’s Villages- Kenya as the Fundraising and Communication Manager. In the course of her career, Catherine has also lectured at the United States International University (USIU) and Daystar University.

Catherine is an alumna of the Kenya High School and holds a BA from Kenyatta University, MA in Communication from Daystar University and Executive MBA from Strathmore Business School


“Our financial prudence has amplified our impact at the grassroots”, Mr. Samson Toniok- Director, Finance.

Samson is the Director, Finance at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

At NETFUND, Samson is responsible for developing and implementing financial controls, financial reporting, IFRS, IPSAS, budgeting, payroll accounting, taxation, project accounting and financial management.

Since joining NETFUND, Samson has reorganized the budget formulation process; increasing the recurrent GoK funding by 156%. He also oversaw the automation of financial operations whilst strengthening compliance and internal controls. Under his watch, GoK and donor funds have been managed prudently.

Previously, Samson worked with Kenya Reinsurance Corporation. Samson holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting option) from the University of Nairobi and currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at the University of Nairobi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K), Investment and Securities Analyst (ISA) as well as a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).


“At NETFUND, we pride ourselves in implementing projects that improve the livelihoods of our beneficiaries whilst sustainably managing the environment”, Ms Joy Juma – Director, Technical Services Department.
Joy is the Director, Technical Services Department at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

At NETFUND, Joy is responsible for planning, designing and coordinating the implementation of sustainable environmental management programs and monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of NETFUND’s interventions.

Since joining NETFUND, Joy has enhanced the design of the NETFUND Green Innovations Award, a flagship NETFUND program by the development of the Incubation Policy and Business Plan. Joy has played a key role in providing leadership in the development of NETFUND’s first incubates. Additionally, Joy has built the skills and abilities in the NETFUND project team to develop systems and structures for program design, development and implementation. Joy represents NETFUND in the global environment agenda.

Previously, Joy served as a Programme Manager with Flora and Fauna International. She holds an M.Phil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University.


“Technology and innovation are the key drivers to the green growth agenda”, Mrs. Phyllis Engefu Ombonyo- Director, Business Development.
Phyllis is the Director, Business Development at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

At NETFUND, Phyllis is responsible for resource mobilization, partnerships and capacity building in order to achieve appropriate and sustainable funding base for NETFUND.

Since joining NETFUND, Phyllis has streamlined the department’s processes, established various systems and tools leading up-to 300% efficiency improvements especially in response to calls for proposals. The Department’s donor relations strategy has resulted in the retention of 4 donors out of which 2 have significantly increased their grant (one has increased by 500%). She has also supported the team to recruit 5 new donors: USAID, HIVOS, French Embassy, ACCF and CDSF. The latter two are grant facilities from the African Development Bank.

Previously, Phyllis served as the Grants and Business Development Manager at Africa Capacity Alliance (ACA). Phyllis holds an MBA in Strategic Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, BSc in Computer Science and Engineering (Honors) from Maseno University and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

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